Long before the internet, back in the 80s and 90s, there was an underground movement.
It was called The Cassette Movement and it was a network of musicians, radioshows, fanzines, live clubs, festivals, record labels and distributors being in touch like a community.
One of the main label/distributors in England was called Music & Elsewhere and the name of the man behind it was Mick Magic.
The label started in 1987 and as he says: It was “the label for bands who put their music before the money and their souls before the world…”
A few months ago, Mick started working on a special Music & Elsewhere 25th Anniversary Collection titled “United World Underground Collection“.
It is presenting “key” releases of his 80s/90s distribution and it will be released with a weekend long online festivity with News, Pictures, Postings, Music, Videos, Freebies and Downloads.
The following is taken from Mick’s site:
And the day will come! Green for go, oh yeah, the first of the special M&E 25th Anniversary Collections will soon be with you, a little later than billed, but this is the underground, that’s the way it rolls. I actually started on this project back in January, and it’s probably taken up most of my spare time all year, but I have to say I’m really pleased with the end result, well worth the effort. Of course, it would have been out in the Summer if somebody hadn’t decided to break daddy’s hand, c’est la vie, we’ll let her out of the cellar soon, don’t worry. So, what’s in store with this magnificent collection? The Lightscribe finished data disc contains 30 albums, including several 25th anniversary specials, all in high quality 320kbps mp3 format (the ‘Decadion’ releases were only 128kbps, nobody complained but we wanted to make this really special), a further 4½ hours of bonus material, 4 books (PDF format) and a bonus CD (the original United World Underground compilation from 2001). The two disc set comes presented in a DVD style clear Amaray case, 33 hours of music in all, and plenty to read, including the 64 page illustrated booklet that accompanies the collection. When it came to the price, I wasn’t really sure what to do. If you make something too cheap, people might think it’s no good and shy away. But then if I’d priced something like this realistically, it would make it much less affordable, and I really want everyone who would like a copy to be able to have one. So I went with the wisdom of crowds and asked our supporters; “What do you think would be a fair price for a 25 album mp3 collection?” The average of all responses came back at £15.67, but I figured I could do better than that. So I added another five albums and rounded it down to £15, and I’m thinking I’ll probably make that a global ‘United World Underground’ price too, hopefully including P&P, see how the sums add up...”
ENGLAND – Magic Moments At Twilight Time & The Charles – “Mick & Chris On Acid… The Album!” (C-4005, 1987)
GERMANY, WEST & EAST – Lord Litter – “Torn Between Temptations” (M&E 012, 1992)
FRANCE – X Ray Pop – “Under My Skirt” (M&E 028, 1992)
SCOTLAND – Glass – “Glass Planet” (M&E 590, 2003)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – L.G. Mair Jr. – “Drōn” (M&E 395, 1997)
BELGIUM – Galactic Lilah Et L’Orchestre-Fantôme – “Essais Somnanbuliques – Volume 1: Anima Spiralia” (M&E 105, 1992)
WALES – Sons Of Selina – M&E 25th Anniversary Special Collection (1992-95)
ITALY – Mana ERG – “Another” (Self Released CDR, 1999)
GREECE – The Flowers Of Romance – “The Story So Far… And Further!” (M&E 088, 1992, M&E 25th Anniversary Special Edition)
Adding a further half an hour to the original release, much of which includes remastered versions, including extra tracks from the Flowers, Nexus and New Zero God, thus bringing the story up to date. Plus exclusive ‘piano and voice’ bonus track of Flowers classic, “Winter Waltz”, specially performed by the New Zero God himself, Mike Pougounas, and Tsiri Band’s Irene Tiniakou.
AUSTRIA – Karg – “Kira” (M&E 116, 1992)
FINLAND – Pornorphans – “Seasoned With Love” (M&E 448, 1998)
CANADA – Jaws Of The Flying Carpet – “Live At The Whipping Post” (M&E 402, 1997)
THAILAND – Rotton Kidz – “Green Asia” (M&E 235, 1993)
BELARUS – Zartipo – “Live” (M&E 302, 1995)
LITHUANIA – Ir Visa Tai Kas Yra Gražu Yra Gražu – “Ir Visa Tai Kas Yra Gražu Yra Gražu” (M&E 091, 1992)
POLAND – The Witches – “Witchcraft” (M&E 214/347, 1993-96)
UKRAINE – Elza – “Monsters Movie / World Of Elza” (M&E 248, 1994)
THE NETHERLANDS – Trespassers W – “Buzz” (M&E 260, 1994)
JAPAN – Toshiyuki Hiraoka – “T” (M&E 554, 2000)
AUSTRALIA – Eye / Aya – “…” (M&E 427, 1998, M&E 25th Anniversary Special Edition)
SWITZERLAND – Religious Overdose – “Flatus Flow Rate” (M&E 312, 1995)
NORWAY – Sister Sinister – “Sister Sinister” (M&E 559, 2000)
SWEDEN – Dark Side Cowboys – “Review” (M&E 366, 1996)
SPAIN – Anima Mundi – “En Directo” (M&E 379, 1997)
BULGARIA – The Legendary Poptones & M. Nomized – “The Story Of An Acoustic Dream” (M&E 397, 1997)
CROATIA – Space Invaders – “Planet Blue” (M&E 413, 1997)
PORTUGAL – Ras.Al.Ghul – “Ras.Al.Ghul” (M&E 428, 1998)
RUSSIA – Artemiy Artemiev – “Electroshocking Works” (M&E 475, 1999)
ROMANIA – Levente – “Turning Pages” (M&E 596, 2003)
SOUTH AFRICA – Sphinx – “The Secret Of…” (M&E 065, 1992, M&E 25th Anniversary Special Edition)
UNITED WORLD UNDERGROUND (MMATT CD 2, 2001)
Includes tracks from Into The Abyss (Greece), Dark Star (Germany), Eye (Australia), Earth (Germany), Grass Harp (Germany), Ras.Al.Ghul (Portugal), Idiom (England), Blacklight Braille (U.S.A.), Lord Litter (Germany), The Stinking Badger Of Java (Australia), Neo (England), T.M.R. (England), Cosmic Dance Society (Germany), Love In A Plague (England) and Steve Andrews (Wales).
Mick Magic adds: “Just thought you might like to see the pile of freebies we have to give away over the “UWU Collection” online Release Event this weekend, and that’s not to mention all the downloads! I’ll be here most of the weekend (when I’m awake), sharing music and videos, why not pop in and join me whenever you’ve got some time to kill? It’s 33 hours of amazing underground music we’re trying to tempt you with, and all at an amazing underground price. But whether you go for it or not, there’s clearly no need to leave empty-handed…”
As Lord Litter puts it:
“The United World Underground Collection is a Lightscribe data disc, contains 30 albums, including several 25th anniversary specials, all in high quality 320kbps mp3 format, a further 4½ hours of bonus material, 4 books (PDF format) and a bonus CD (the original United World Underground compilation from 2001). The two disc set comes presented in a DVD style clear Amaray case, 33 hours of music in all, and plenty to read, including the 64 page illustrated booklet that accompanies the collection…”
If you really want to get know how it all was … here’s your chance: http://www.MickMagic.net
The event can also be reached on Facebook